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weaknesses and strengths were, and ultimately
how to build on the latter. I am always
communicating with people and can read
them. This has helped me in many ways. In my
leadership roles, it helped me recognize the
talent in people and get them to work on things
that they might not want to work on-and feel
good about what they are doing.
In fact, it was the same with my mentors, the
bosses who saw what I was capable of and who
encouraged, trained, and promoted me. They
recognized things in me that I doubted.

couldn't attend important events, I would always
try to make up for it afterwards. "Tell me about
your day," I'd say. "Go through the scenarios with
me. Read your speech just to me." That kind of
thing. So my family knew they were still special
to me.
It's the same with people at work sometimes.
With a workforce of 50 or more, you can't give
everyone all the attention they need and deserve
at one time. So it's important to create special
opportunities when you can. In this and other
ways, there are a lot of similarities between work
and home life.

BALANCING TWO LIVES
It can be difficult for women moving up through
the ranks, especially if you're raising a family
and working with mostly males who may not
understand the challenges you face. Over the
years, I haven't always been able to attend all the
things that my children were doing. And, juggling
work and life like this, there have been some
accidents along the way.

I ASKED HIM, "WHAT MAKES
YOU THINK THAT I CAN DO THIS?"
AND HE SAID, "YOU HAVE THE
QUALITIES I NEED.... I REALLY
WANT YOU TO BE PART OF
MY TEAM."

One time while on a conference call from home,
my son came in and informed me that he needed
to go to the bathroom. To make a long story
short, we didn't make it in time. But you know
what? It was no big deal. I cleaned it up and
moved on. The same is true of most, if not all, of
the problems that happen at work. No big deal.
We'll get through it, clean it up, and be fine.

OPPORTUNITIES
TO LEARN
I think I always tried to make up for my
shortcomings in the home in other ways. If I
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I learned that from the person who gave me the
best advice I ever got about my career and life
in general-my father. He always said: "Learn
everything you can. Anything that they're willing
to teach you or show you, learn it, because if you
have an opportunity to learn something, there's
nothing greater than that."
So whenever I was offered an opportunity, even
if a part of me said, "Oh I'm not sure about
that," I hear my father's voice saying, "It's an
opportunity to learn." I apply that advice to
overcome the bottlenecks at both work and
home: "I can learn from this."

BUILDING THE RANKS
When it comes to equal opportunity for women
in technology, I think we're still a little behind.
It's still predominantly male, although there are
clearly more female leaders joining the ranks
than when I started. To these newcomers I say,
"Get out there and play with the boys." Try it,
even if you're told that the boys are better than



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